Vernon Harold "Shakey" Gretsinger

August 13, 1939 ~ January 21, 2017



Vernon Harold "Shakey" Gretsinger, 77, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on January 21, 2017 at his residence.

He was born August 13, 1939 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to the late Vernon Clair Gretsinger and the late Maxine Smith Gretsinger.

Mr. Grestsinger was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School. He then went on to receive his license from the Pittsburgh Barber School. Vernon worked as a Master Barber for Pines Plaza Barber Shop and a Bartender at Pieces of Eight Lounge, Highway Inn, and the Bakerstown Hotel before retiring in October 2000. He was a member of New Testament Baptist Church. Vernon enjoyed collecting steins, pewter Indians, and Zippo lighters.

He is survived by his wife Linda Mae Swatsworth Gretsinger, whom he married on September 19, 1960; one daughter, Teri K. Ruffner and her husband David of Butler, PA; one grand-daughter, Rachel L. Ruffner; one sister, Carol Ann Mitchell and her husband Norman of Punxsutawney, PA; sisters-in-law, Sandra Gretsinger of New Fane, NY, and Mary Morgan of Rockton, PA; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, William and Sally Swatsworth of Du Bois, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Tammy Lynn Gretsinger; and his brother, William Gretsinger.

There will be no public visitation.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11:00 am at the New Testament Baptist Church, 437 N. Duffy Rd., Butler, PA, with Pastor David Bobbitt, officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 E. North St., Butler, PA 16001.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to New Testament Baptist Church, 437 N. Duffy Rd., Butler, PA 16001.




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